Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
Dawn redwood is an ancient tree species once believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in inland China in 1941. It reaches more than 50 feet in height. It is a deciduous conifer with feathery leaves, red-brown exfoliating bark, and a broad, rounded, pyramidal habit. The foliage changes to a pretty reddish-brown color in the fall. This tree makes a good specimen for large sites with full sun and moist, acidic soil.